What Is The Difference Between Heartburn, Acid Reflux And GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)?

Question: What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)?

Answer: Heartburn is the most typical symptom that patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux, complain of -- typically described as a burning sensation in the mid-chest but there are also other symptoms that can manifest as acid reflux or GERD. Those symptoms include: regurgitation, cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. Acid reflux and GERD are often used interchangeably and refers to the actual process of gastro content, such as acidic juices, coming up from the stomach into the lower esophagus.

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